Crane Lake Sangiovese

Crane Lake is one of dozens of brands produced by Bronco Wine Company, the outfit behind Charles Shaw (“Two-Buck Chuck”). In California, the Crane Lake brand sells for an $0.80 premium over its more famous sibling. If this Sangiovese is any indication of the rest of the line, you’re better off saving the $0.80. The nose is lightly fruity, but with a barnyard undercurrent. The taste is thin, sour, and slightly bitter. Though we are hesitant to call a $2.79 wine overpriced, when compared with at least some of the Two-Buck Chuck offerings, this Crane Lake clearly is.